10 women’s basketball players sign NLIs
05.22.2018 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – Ten San Jacinto College women’s basketball student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to continue their education and basketball careers at colleges and universities throughout the country.
Sophomore Alexus Jones(Dallas / Aledo HS) will continue her basketball career and education at Texas A&M University – Commerce, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) DII institution. Jones was second on the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game and led the team in free throw shooting at 76.2 percent. She was an all-conference honorable mention selection this season.
Princess Clemonswill transfer to NCAA DI Marshall University. The sophomore from Chester, Pennsylvania (Bonner Prendergast Catholic HS) averaged 9.1 points and 3.0 assists per game. She was the team’s leading shooter from long range at 38.4 percent and was named to the Region XIV all-tournament team.
National powerhouse from the Big XII Conference Texas Tech Universityhas signed Eryka Sidney, this year’s Region XIV Tournament MVP and a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) all-American Honorable Mention. The sophomore from Houston (Wheatley HS) led the team in scoring at 17.0 points per game, a mark that was 45thin the nation. She was second on the team in assists per game at 4.3 and was second in the country in total minutes played (1,179).
Maddison Glass, a sophomore out of Missouri City, Texas (Fort Bend Hightower HS / New Mexico Junior College), is also headed to Texas A&M University – Commerce. Glass was the team’s assist leader at 4.5 per game and led the team in steals per game (1.9). She also averaged 6.7 points per game.
Freshman Symone Carmenarwill continue her basketball career at NAIA DI Paul Quinn College. In 17 games last season, the Silsbee, Texas (Silsbee HS) native averaged 2.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Freshman Erin Brumleywill transfer to National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DI Temple Collegefor her sophomore season. The Fort Worth native (Parker-Tarrant HS) saw limited action in five games last season, averaging 1.0 rebound per game.
Carrington Smallis headed to Northwest Oklahoma State University, an NCAA DII school. Small, who is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Putnam City HS / Oklahoma Baptist University), averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game this season.
Sophomore Alexis Bryantwill play next season at the University of Texas – El Paso(UTEP), a NCAA DI and Conference USA school. The Pflugerville native (Pflugerville HS) was third on the team in scoring at 13.0 points per game and was the team’s leading rebounder with a mark of 8.8 per game. Her 307 total rebounds ranked her 16thin the nation. Bryant was an all-conference and all-Region XIV selection this season. She will join former San Jac women’s basketball head coaches Michael Madrid and Kayla Weaver in El Paso, who are assistant coaches on the Miners staff.
Victoria Blankenshipis headed North to NCAA DII Oklahoma Baptist University. The sophomore out of Houston (North Shore HS / Tyler Junior College) was fourth on the team in scoring at 9.2 points per game and averaged 6.9 caroms per game.
In the program’s final season, San Jacinto College won the Region XIV tournament for the first time in school history and advanced to the NJCAA national tournament for the second-consecutive season (and the only two seasons in program history). The sophomore class was the winningest class in school history with 50 wins.
Weaver was recognized as the District L Coach of the Year. The rookie head coach led her team to a school-best 25 wins, the team’s second-consecutive appearance at the NJCAA national tournament, and the school’s first-ever NJCAA national tournament victory.
In addition, the squad was honored with the NJCAA Alberta Lee Cox Sportsmanship Award. The award is voted on by the NJCAA national tournament staff and referees. It is presented in honor of Albert Lee Cox who was the first woman to coach a United States Olympic team sport and the first woman to coach a United States women’s basketball team on foreign soil. It is presented every year to the team that has shown exemplary and outstanding sportsmanship skills throughout the championship tournament.
For more information about San Jacinto College athletics, visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.